Microsoft launches software architecture for smart grid development

Redmond, Wash., October 13, 2009 – Microsoft Corp. developed a reference architecture based on Microsoft platforms that can serve as the basis for development of what the company calls the “integrated utility of the future.”

The Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) is Microsoft’s first reference architecture that addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem.

The Microsoft SERA helps utilities by providing a method of testing the alignment of information technology with their business processes to create an integrated utility.

This is the second utility offering to be released from Microsoft in four months, following the announcement of Microsoft Hohm, an online application developed to enhance the experience of utilities’ customers and provide further insight into the supply and demand of residential energy use.

As utilities attempt to develop new projects that are funded by national smart grid stimulus programs, they will need sound, tested technologies that help them proceed. Using Microsoft and industry partners’ technologies, utilities will be able to implement solutions faster and more reliably than they could with solutions offered by competitors.

The Microsoft SERA has been endorsed by a number of global solutions providers whose energy industry solutions span the entire energy ecosystem – from the power grid to the home. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners supporting SERA include Accenture, Alstom Power, AREVA, ESRI, Itron Inc. and OSIsoft Inc.

Microsoft has been working closely with key power industry partners to ensure that SERA addresses power utilities’ IT infrastructure needs. Alstom Power, for example, has demonstrated its commitment to Microsoft by fully embracing SERA and sees this move as the first step in providing solutions for the new challenge raised by smart grids.

The Microsoft SERA provides a road map for utilities to help identify and solve the integration issues facing grid and energy ecosystem advancement. It also empowers users to drive improvements in real time, as well as to accelerate continuous improvement over time.

Previous articleA Power to develop a 19.5 MW Wind Farm in eastern China
Next articleCowlitz PUD awards new SCADA contract to OSI

No posts to display